In thinking of the important things we pass along to our children: family heritage and values, work ethic, confidence, etc., one cannot help but wonder if parents are including philanthropy on that list. If we don’t talk about philanthropy with our children and help them to understand what it means, how can we expect them to become a generation of effective philanthropists?
A recent article describes a program of the Austin Community Foundation, called: ”A Legacy of Giving“. The article highlights the program and the unique way Austin, Texas is engaging their youth in philanthropy. Not only will exposing children to philanthropy at an early age help them to become effective in giving back to the community in their own right, but it will help them understand the very broad range of philanthropy and realize that it is not simply driven by one’s ability to give away their wealth – rather, there are many ways individuals can satisfy their philanthropic drive. Starting kids out at an early age only means they will be giving back to our community for a longer period of time, and that just means more good work for Omaha.